Hypersonic Technology

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What is Hypersonic Weapons Technology?

Aircraft, spacecraft, rockets, and missiles that can reach nearly 4,000 miles per hour.

Hypersonic Categories

Hypersonic Glide Vehicles (HGV)

  • High Speed Launch
  • Transitions to Level
  • High Speed Atmospheric Flight

Hypersonic Cruise Missile

  • Powered by high-speed, air-breathing engines
  • Greater maneuverability compared to HGV's


Hypersonic weapons provide greater flexibility and survivability compared to ballistic missiles. Additionally, these weapon systems enhance deterrence and rapidly responds to threats.


  • Can travel about one mile per second
  • Level, aerodynamic atmospheric flight
  • More maneuverable than ballistic missiles
  • Can maneuver after launch and evade terrestrial-based radar detection through relatively lower flight altitudes
  • Travels at Mach 5 or higher (at least five times faster than the speed of sound)


  • Weapon's short-time-flight
  • Potentially compresses the timeline for real-time response to operational changes
  • Unpredictable flight path
  • Heightens the risk of miscalculations
Hypersonic Flight Pattern

Hypersonic Flight Pattern